September issue no. 237
October/November 2014 issue no. 246


On Sale: September 23, 2014
Subscribers should receive this issue by September 15.

On the Cover:
Wood flooring over concrete

HOUSES 2014:
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Articles
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WOOD FLOORS ON A CONCRETE SLAB
by Kevin Ward
When gluing prefinished engineered flooring to concrete, detailing the prep and ensuring a careful layout are key

Video Extra: Master Carpenter Video

46
REDEFINING RETIREMENT
by Sarah Susanka
Two architects collaborate on a one-of-a-kind project that provides lessons in comfort, craft, and flexible living at all stages of life

52
A SIMPLE APPROACH TO PANELED WAINSCOT
by Gary Striegler
Built on a bench and finished with stock moldings, these panels don’t lose any points for style.

Video Extra: Project House Video Series

58
SAVE ENERGY WITH STORM WINDOWS
by Mike Guertin
A look at the latest products and how to install them

63
MAKING FIBERGLASS WORK
by Lee Kurtas
With proper air-sealing and attention to installation details, batt insulation works great

68
TORTURE TEST: FIBER-CEMENT SAWBLADES
by Andy Beasley
We cut through the contenders to find the longest-lasting, most cost-effective blades
Tenryu BP-18524 Sawblade
Oldham 725FC04 Sawblade
Makita A-90451 Sawblade
Irwin 1794385 Sawblade
DeWalt DW3193 Sawblade
Task T22426 Sawblade
Grip-Rite GRFC7146CT Sawblade
Makita 721263-A Sawblade
Irwin 4935473 Sawblade
Gila PCD7250T8-P Sawblade
Gila PCD7250T6-P Sawblade
Hitachi 18008 Sawblade
Malco FCCB7 Sawblade
Grip-Rite GRFC7144T Sawblade
Gila PCD7250T4-P Sawblade
Oshlun SBH-072504 Sawblade
Original 00087 Sawblade
CMT 236.004.07 Sawblade
Bosch CB704FC Sawblade
Tenryu BP-18505 Sawblade
Diablo D0704DH Sawblade

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DECKING OVER A ROOF
by Emanuel A. Silva
Detail the roof correctly, and the decking part of the job is easy
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Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

10
LETTERS

12
HOW IT WORKS
Household electricity

18
TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Homemade Bird Screen
This Pry Bar Has a New Use
Clamping Large Miters
A Tow Chain Meets a Pipe Clamp
Handy Storage for Small Parts

22
TOOLS & MATERIALS
X-Series Bracket System
Diablo Demo Demon Blades
Senco FinishPro 23
National Lumber Boise Cascade Floor Loc
Krankertools Deck Wedge

30
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Control Layers
Paintable Interior Moldings

40
PROJECT GALLERY
Cool Fun in the Summer Sun

82
Q&A
Fix squeaky subfloor with extra blocking?

86
ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Air-Sealing SIP Seam

88
BUILDING SKILLS
Taping and finishing drywall corners

90
DRAWING BOARD
A Porch with a Rooftop Deck

94
FINISHING TOUCH
All Aboard for Fun

Video Extra: Norma and Walter's Impressive Backyard Train Set

100
TAILGATE
Katrin Klingenberg, Passive House Pioneer

102